COVID-19 and the Victorian disability sector
Friday March 27, 2020. 9:30am - 10:30am. VERY SOON.
This is a free seminar convened by National Disability Services (NDS) and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It is being run via Zoom. Details and registration here.
Australia's Disability Royal Commission is itself urging governments to ensure all responses to COVID-19 include dedicated strategies, and take all necessary measures, to protect and support people with disability. You can access the Commission's Statement of Concern here.
VCOSS COMMENT ON EVICTIONS
Victorian is being urged to adopt measures allowing renters to stay in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nobody can self-isolate or social distance without a home. The health, social and economic consequences of Victorians— including people who have just lost their jobs—being evicted and driven into homelessness, or forced to look for a new rental property, would be extreme. No unreasonable evictions and quick, accessible and sufficient subsidies for rental payments must be key principles going forward.
There are a lot of people out of work, and a lot of critical services crying out for help. Where possible, the Victorian Government will match people who need work with jobs that need doing. VCOSS and Trades Hall are helping design 'Working for Victoria' scheme.
For now, organisations are encouraged to help raise awareness of the program by sharing details from Premier Andrews (Facebook) or VCOSS (Twitter | Facebook).
Individuals out of work can register their interest today.
The National Disability Insurance Agency has published information in an Easy Read format about their response to COVID-19. Information is also available in five different languages along with a regularly updated frequently asked questions and answers page.
The Consumer Action Law Center is lobbying companies that deliver essential services to make sure people aren't disconnected during the Coronavirus health crisis (#KeepConnected). They're keeping an up-to-date list of companies' responses here.
Job Watch has released a Q&A on employment rights in relation to COVID-19. They includes answers to frequently asked questions like 'Can my employer direct me to work from home or change my hours because of the Coronavirus?' and 'Can my employer direct me to use my paid leave entitlements?' Read it here.
Coronavirus is hard to explain to little ones. They can be confused, overwhelmed and anxious. Emerging Minds has created a curated selection of resources to assist parents and carers to have these conversations.
The team behind Our Community has started an online peer support group on Facebook for people working in Australian not-for-profits. You’re encouraged to ask questions of each other, share important information, and provide and receive guidance during this difficult time. Join here.